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New building lifted into place by huge crane as lorries arrive at Petroc in Barnstaple

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: February 21, 2013

DELIVERY: Units being unloaded by a crane.  Picture: Mike Southon

DELIVERY: Units being unloaded by a crane. Picture: Mike Southon

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THIS is the moment when a dedicated supported learning building was craned off a lorry and into place at Petroc's Sticklepath Campus in Barnstaple.

Work on the building got under way on Tuesday morning, after a huge 250-ton crane rolled into the college, followed by the first of 19 lorries carrying modular sections of the building.

With foundations for the Liberty Centre, as it will be known, already laid the building should be completed by the end of March.

The entire building has been constructed off site by modular building experts Servaccomm and arrived on site complete with painted walls, light fittings and electricity sockets.

"A project like this, with such a tight deadline, requires meticulous planning," said Petroc's estates manager Jason Quinn.

"Every angle had to be taken into consideration to ensure the 13-metre lorries were able to safely negotiate the tight corners on the narrow road leading to the college."

The delivery was managed by the Highways Agency and the lorries had a police escort on their way into the college.

The load was so wide signs on the roundabout at the top of Sticklepath Hill had to be taken down to make room for the lorries to pass.

The new building will be used by students with learning difficulties and disabilities.

It will be home to a commercial kitchen, workshop, multi-media centre, independent living space, café and shop.

Students will use the new facilities to produce a wide variety of goods, including cakes, jams, pickles, ceramics, woodwork, art and jewellery, to sell in the shop, teaching them invaluable employability and entrepreneurial skills.

To find out more about the project call Rosa Boston on 01271 338112.

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